History was made in Delaware this morning as the first same-sex marriage licenses were signed in Wilmington.

State Senator Karen Peterson and her now-wife Victoria Bandy were the first couple to have their civil union converted into a marriage by New Castle Clerk of the Peace Ken Boulden.  

"I never thought in our lifetimes that we’d be getting married, it’s just an exciting event," said Peterson, D-Stanton, who came out for the first time publicly during the General Assembly’s debate of same-sex marriage earlier this year.  She says their wedding day means much more following the Supreme Court ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act.  "What a great wedding gift.  It was so exciting the timing of it.  Who knew that all this would happen this year?”

Today’s same-sex weddings drew protests from a small contingent from the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church group, but they were vastly outnumbered by gay marriage supporters.  But couples getting married didn’t let the protests get them down.

"My response to that on Facebook yesterday was 'Our love is bigger than their hate,'" said Bandy.  

Just after the Clerk of the Peace offices opened Monday morning, there was a steady stream of same-sex couples looking to either get married or convert their civil union into a marriage.  

That sight brought tears to the eyes of Drew Fennel, "When Ken said that every office was filled with people waiting, that is amazing and wonderful."  Fennel converted her civil union with Equality Delaware's leader Lisa Goodman this morning as well.  "There are going to be a lot of young people in the state of Delaware, and eventually in other states, for whom this is just going to be the way the world is," said Goodman.

She says the fight is now on to help other states do what Delaware has done.  "We still have states, our neighboring state of Pennsylvania does not even have non-discriminati0on protections.  So here in Delaware, we can be married, and right across the line in Pennsylvania you can still be fired for being gay.  So there’s lots of work to do in other states."